Lockdown boredom could lead to a knock at the door

At the time of posting this, we are still in the early stages of social isolation and moderate lockdown. We are still finding ways to occupy our time through the various social media platforms and communication but that will soon lead to boredom. With extra time on their hands and confined to their homes, many … Continued

Approaches to Justice in the Global pandemic – A discussion, Thursday 2nd April

Approaches to Justice in the Global pandemic – Thursday 2nd April 2020 18.00 The Spanish and UK experience Please join Spanish criminal law expert Jaime Campaner  and Jonathan Black for a short discussion on the comparative approaches of our respective investigative and judicial systems to the challenges created by the Global Pandemic. Jaime has recently written … Continued

Covid 19 Lockdown – the law

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 imposes several restrictions. Over the last week, the police have been keen to enforce compliance, even calling out the MP Stephen Kinnock over social media for visiting his father on his birthday. Given the importance of protecting the NHS, it is likely that the police may take … Continued

Emergency Laws Now in Force

On Wednesday 25th March 2020 the Coronavirus Bill completed all its parliamentary stages, and Royal Assent was signified, bringing in to force an unprecedented piece of emergency legislation. The purpose of the Coronavirus Act is to enable the Government to respond to an emergency situation and manage the effects of a covid-19 pandemic. A severe … Continued

Coronavirus latest

In line with Government advise we are avoiding unnecessary face to face meetings. The office is operating on a day to day basis with skeleton staff. We offer meetings over video assisted technology (What’s app , Skype and Zoom)  and will only accept pre arranged meetings in certain circumstances with clients who have confirmed that … Continued

Trial Delays

A defendant has the right to a fair trial within a reasonable time. In exceptional cases, a delay will lead to a stay of proceedings as an abuse of process. A stay of proceedings is an extremely rare outcome, with the Court of Appeal making the following observation in R v PS [2013] EWCA Crim … Continued

Client consultations via video and telephone

Many people are having to change the way they do things in view of The Coronavirus Pandemic. Whilst face to face meetings are the ideal way to discuss your case confidentially and in confidence, many clients may not wish to or be able to travel or attend meetings at this current time. Using the technology … Continued

Criminal Justice and Coronavirus

As the UK prepares to move into the ‘delay phase’, changes are expected to criminal justice procedure. So, what might be expected to change? Criminal Investigations In the event of any public disorder, work on low priority criminal investigations may slow or stall entirely as police resources are diverted elsewhere. Most police custody suites hold … Continued

client acquitted of firearm and drugs charges

Our client charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition with Intent to endanger life and possession of class A drugs with intent to supply was today unanimously acquitted of all charges at Wood Green Crown Court. The Jury were told that his DNA was found on the firearm and of  his previous conviction for … Continued

Forensic evidence

The Forensic Science Regulator regulates forensic scientists in England and Wales. The Regulator ensures that the provision of forensic science evidence across the criminal justice system is subject to appropriate standards. The Regulator has recently said that there are gaps in quality that need to be resolved in order to prevent the use of unreliable … Continued

End of automatic release for some persons convicted of terrorist offences

On Sunday 1st February 2020 Sudesh Amman wore a fake suicide vest and stabbed two people in Streatham. Amman had only recently been released from a prison sentence imposed for spreading extremist material; he had been released after serving half of his sentence. Usman Khan, one of the London Bridge attackers, had also been released … Continued

Date rape drugs and the law

Reynhard Sinaga was sentenced to life imprisonment for the rape and sexual assault of 48 victims. The student is believed to have laced drinks with GHB to make his victims lose consciousness and have no recollection of what happened. He denied the offences saying that the acts were all consensual and the men would “act” … Continued